Cutest Dogs in the World: Chihuahua vs. Pomeranian

Written by Katelynn Sobus
Published: April 18, 2023
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Chihuahuas and Pomeranians are some of the smallest dog breeds you’ll find! They’re lovable and sweet lap puppies.

When it comes to which is cuter, Chihuahua vs. Pomeranian, both dogs are very charming. Chihuahuas have ears half the size of their heads, cute babydoll eyes, and a variety of coat types and colors. Pomeranians have long, fluffy coats, tiny ears, and love to cuddle.

In this article, we’ll talk about what makes Chihuahuas and Pomeranians cute, and which is cuter!

What Makes Chihuahuas Cute?

Chihuahua in a bag
Due to their small size, Chihuahua’s can easily be carried in a bag.



Chihuahuas are just 5-8 inches tall and weigh less than six pounds. If you want a dog you can easily carry, they’re perfect!

Their small size also makes them very endearing and cute.

Big Ears

Their big, upright ears give Chihuahuas an alert, intelligent look. They’re especially adorable when compared to their tiny faces.

Large Eyes

Seeing animals with big, round eyes actually trigger a dopamine release in our brains. This is meant to make us love babies so that we care for them, since human babies are very dependent on their parents for survival–and also have large eyes.


Some Chihuahua coat colors are complete with patches of fur above the eyes that look like eyebrows! Even single-coated Chihuahuas have bulging eyes, which can give them the appearance of having brows.

Long Tails

Chihuahuas have beautiful long tails. In long-haired dogs, the tails are even more pronounced and fluffy!

Two Fur Types

Whether you love long haired or short haired dogs, there’s a Chihuahua to fit your preferences! Short-haired Chihuahuas have a smooth texture and are low-maintenance when it comes to grooming. They shed relatively little.

Long-haired Chihuahuas have silky fur that sheds in clumps, which makes clean up easy as pie.

Variety of Coat Colors

Chihuahua coats also come in various colors, including:

  • Black
  • Black and tan
  • Blue and tan
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate and tan
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Fawn and white
  • Red

When it comes to fur colors, blue is a dilute or light black. Chocolate is a rich brown, and fawn is a shade of tan. Red doesn’t refer to fire hydrant red, but rather a tannish-orange.


Chihuahuas love their people. They’re loyal, affectionate, and cuddly. Chihuahuas also get cold easily, so they’ll love curling up on your lap or by your side with a warm blanket.

Shed Little

Both fur types shed little. Chihuahuas are also tiny dogs, so they have less fur to shed than larger pups.


Chihuahuas can be reserved with strangers and might try to hide shyly away. On the other hand, they might also have a “big dog” mentality and try to act tough around strangers who they fear.

In my opinion, both are pretty cute! But, it’s also important to socialize your Chihuahua at a young age to try to tamper these behaviors. After all, we want our dogs to feel confident around new people, not terrified!


What’s cuter than a bouncier Chihuahua? Probably nothing!

Chis are very playful dogs who love playing a gentle game of tug (be sure to let them win sometimes!) or chase a ball around the living room.


Chihuahuas can also be quite fierce, and many seem to think they’re bigger than they are – or at least strong enough to take on fights with people and animals several times their size!

This can be super endearing on a little dog who we know can’t do a lot of damage. Still, you will want to curb these behaviors if your Chihuahua starts showing aggression.


The little “yip yip” barks that a Chihuahua makes are adorable to most people, for short periods. Some people don’t even mind more consistent barking.

Chihuahuas are prone to excessive barking, especially if they’re bored or lonely. They might also bark while acting as a watchdog.


Chihuahuas are smart pups who like to think for themselves. While they’re people pleasers at heart, it will take time and patience to train them.

While some people see this breed as mean or vicious, this is typically the result of mistreatment or of the Chihuahua being forced into situations they’re uncomfortable with.

This could be picking them up to force them from place to place, forcing them to be held when they’re uncomfortable, or even outright provoking them into anger.

What Makes Pomeranians Cute?

Pomeranian puppy
Pomeranians are fluffy dogs with small, rounded ears that seem to blend into their long fur.



Pomeranians are 6-7 inches tall and weigh 3-7 pounds. Like Chihuahuas, they can be easily carried around and are easy to handle on leash.


Their long, dense coats are perfect for cuddling. Pomeranian coats also come in a multitude of colors, including:

  • Blue merle
  • Blue sable
  • Black
  • Black and tan
  • Blue
  • Blue and tan
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate and tan
  • Cream
  • Cream sable
  • Orange
  • Orange sable
  • Red
  • Red sable
  • Beaver
  • White
  • Wolf sable
  • Tricolor

Blue merle Poms are white with dilute black patches, while blue is a dilute or light black. Chocolate is a medium brown, while red is a dark orange.

Beaver Pomeranians are a light brown, while “wolf” refers to a gray color. Sable fur has light roots and darker tips.

Tiny Ears

Poms have tiny, rounded ears that can blend into their long fur, but typically stick out a bit. This is a unique feature that many people, including myself, absolutely adore.

Big Eyes

Like Chihuahuas, Pomeranians have big eyes. They don’t appear to bulge as much as Chihuahua’s do, though this might be due to their longer fur.


Pomeranians love to snuggle close to their owners and are quiet clingy. When they aren’t cuddling, they might lay at your feet or follow you around the house.


Poms make good watchdogs, though they aren’t great guard dogs due to their size. It can be sweet to see your pup alert and watching out the window, or trying to protect you by barking at strangers.


You might not think “cute” when you think of a dog barking incessantly, and it’s true that most people will tire of it eventually. But, Pomeranians do have cute, high-pitched voices!

Chihuahua vs. Pomeranian: Pulling Back the Curtain

Without a doubt, Chihuahuas and Pomeranians are cute! But, what about the less adorable aspects of dog ownership? Are these pups a good fit for you?

Chihuahua vs. Pomeranian: Grooming

Pomeranian grooming
A full groom by a professional, or yourself if you’re comfortable, should be done for your Pomeranian once every four to six weeks.


Pomeranians should be brushed at least once a week with a slicker brush and a pin brush. This helps to remove tangles and prevent matted fur, which is painful for dogs.

A full groom by a professional, or yourself if you’re comfortable, should be done once every four to six weeks. Your dog needs a bath, ear clean, and nail trim. Your groomer will also brush their coat and may clean their teeth or anal glands if necessary.

You should also brush your Pom’s teeth at home to prevent dental disease.

Chihuahuas should be brushed once weekly regardless of coat type. Long fur will take longer to groom, but not as long as a Pomeranian coat. This is because Chihuahuas tend to have finer fur that isn’t as dense.

Like Poms, they need a bath, ear cleaning, and nail trim every four to six weeks. They should also have their teeth brushed daily.

Chihuahua vs. Pomeranian: Exercise

Pomeranians require moderate exercise, either indoors or out. Chihuahuas require light exercise to stay healthy.

Both dogs benefit from daily walks taken at their own pace. The main purpose for these is for sniffing, a change in environment, and fresh air. All of these are enriching for dogs and are a much-needed part of their daily routines.

When they’re playing or pottying outside, be sure to watch your Pom or Chi to ensure they aren’t taken by hawks. It’s also important to cover up even the smallest holes in the fence, as they can easily slip through tight spaces.

Chihuahua vs. Pomeranian: Training

Both breeds can be stubborn and require patient, positive training sessions. Keep your dog engaged with high-value rewards like their favorite treats.

Little dogs can also be difficult to potty train because they have small bladders. Bring them outside often, praise them heavily for pottying outdoors, and never punish them for accidents inside.

Chihuahua vs. Pomeranian: Health

Both Chihuahua's and Pomeranians can injure themselves while jumping
Both Chihuahuas and Pomeranians can injure themselves while jumping as they are both prone to issues such as a luxating patella.


Both breeds can injure themselves while jumping or if they take even a short fall. They’re also both prone to eye problems, luxating patella, and tracheal collapse. All of these should be screened for by your breeder.

Small dogs are also prone to dental disease, so it’s extra important to keep up with brushing their teeth daily and having professional cleanings done as recommended by your vet.

Pomeranians are also prone to the following health problems:

Chihuahuas are prone to:

Are Chihuahuas or Pomeranians Cuter?

Pomeranian vs. Chihuahua
Both Pomeranians and Chihuahuas are adorable so the choice is more about finding the right fit for your household.


In the end, everyone has a different opinion on which breed is cuter. If you have one or the other, you’re likely biased toward them!

Personally, I love both breeds but especially adore Poms and long-haired Chis. That’s not to say short-haired Chihuahuas aren’t gorgeous, though!

If you’re still deciding between these breeds, I suggest deciding which will be a better fit to your household. Pomeranians often make better companions for children and other pups, while Chihuahuas require less daily exercise and grooming.

Neither is well-suited to being left alone for long periods, as they’re clingy and prone to separation anxiety. Both are great if you want a sweet lap pup with an independent streak.

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